Transportation Issues Study Committee

Transportation Issues Study Committee

February 26, 2014


Derrick Agate Sr., Hopkins Schools

Kelly Wosika, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)

Keith Paulson, Anoka Hennepin Schools

Shelly Jonas, Minnesota School Bus Operator Association (MSBOA)

Linda Andert, Columbia Heights Schools

Jan Vanderwall, Roseville Area Schools

David Peterson, St. Paul Schools

B.J. Ison, St. Paul Schools

Troy Schreifels, Osseo Schools

Rob Anderson, Minneapolis Schools

Summary: The summary of the November Transportation Issues meeting was approved.

School Bus Safety Committee: The dates and locations for the Minnesota Safety and Compliance Outreach training sessions have been posted to the MSBOA website.

Minnesota Department of Education: Kelly Wosika said the rates that the Minnesota Department of Human Services uses to determine the trip reimbursement for Medical Assistance claims have been calculated for FY 2013.

There was a discussion about the district’s obligation to provide transportation when there is no education provided at the care and treatment program. MDE’s position is that the law is not clear on this responsibility; however districts can provide the transportation and claim the cost for state aid.

Pupil transportation statistics for FY 2013 have been posted to the MDE Data and Analytics webpage. More information on student transportation for FY 2013 will be available soon.

A Safe Routes to School webinar will be offered by the American Heart Association.

There was a discussion about the document entitled Homeless Frequently Asked Questions. The document is intended to provide guidance on providing transportation for students that are experiencing homelessness. Once the draft is final, it would be posted on the MDE website, if possible under the McKinney Vento Homeless webpage.

Office of Student Transportation Safety: Lieutenant Brian Reu was not present.

Legislation: Kelly Wosika mentioned that there needs to be stronger laws on the student transportation requirements for charter schools in regards to proving transportation for students two miles or more from school. She will get in touch with Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) to see if they also have concerns.

There is an amendment proposed in legislation that would make some technical changes to DPS laws.

Miscellaneous: Michelle Breidenbach, Safe Routes to School Education Coordinator, attended via telephone conference. She presented on the Walk!Bike!Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum that is available to teach child lifelong skills to safely walk and bike in their community. The curriculum is available on the Bike Alliance of Minnesota website.

Jan Vanderwall mentioned that once he has everyone’s data he will compile the results from the contract survey.

There were discussions about various transportation issues such as how are contracts affected by the increased number of snow days this year, how are contracts changing due to the all-day kindergarten program and how districts are dealing with shortage of drivers.

Adjourn: 11:30 a.m.

Next Meeting: March 26, 2014, MDE Conference Center A, Room 3 and 4, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.